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Giants fall to Eagles; Postgame Stats and Notes


Postgame Stats and Notes from the Giants Thursday night loss to the Eagles:

PHILADELPHIA – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 24-19 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles:

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• The Giants fell to 10-5 when a victory would have given them their first postseason berth since 2011. They can still clinch a spot in the playoffs in Week 16 if Atlanta, Green Bay or Tampa Bay lose Saturday, or Detroit is defeated in Dallas on Monday night. The Giants can also secure a wild card berth if they win in Washington in their season finale on New Year's Day.

• The Giants can no longer win the NFC East title; their loss guarantees the division championship and conference's No. 1 postseason seed to Dallas – a team the Giants defeated twice.

• The Giants fell to 3-2 in NFC East games, including 1-1 on the road.

• The Giants lost a night game in Lincoln Financial Field for the third consecutive season. In their last four games here, including a victory in 2013, they have scored a total of two touchdowns.

• The Giants gained 470 yards, their fourth game this season with more than 400 yards, and their highest total since they gained 502 yards in the 2015 season finale against Philadelphia (on Jan. 3, 2016). The Eagles gained just 286 yards.

• The Giants rushed for 114 yards for the second consecutive game, the seventh time this season they exceeded 100 yards on the ground.

• The Giants' 24 first downs were a season-high and their highest total since they had 30 first downs against the Eagles in the 2015 finale.

• The Giants converted 10 of 22 third-down opportunities, their highest number of successes since they had 10 (on 17 tries) vs. Atlanta on Sept. 20, 2015.

• Darren Sproles opened the scoring with a 25-yard touchdown run on Philadelphia's first offensive possession. It was the fifth time this season a Giants' opponent scored a touchdown on its first offensive series (Chicago had done it most recently on Nov. 20). The Giants are 3-2 in those games.

• The Eagles increased their lead to 14-0 just 1:28 later, when safety Malcolm Jenkins intercepted an Eli Manning pass and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown. It was the first defensive touchdown scored by a Giants opponent this season. The last team to score on defense vs. the Giants was … the Eagles, on Walter Thurmond's 83-yard fumble return in the 2015 season finale in MetLife Stadium.

Three of the last four defensive touchdowns against the Giants have been scored by the Eagles. This is the second season in a row a Manning pass was picked off and returned for a score in Lincoln Financial Field. On Oct. 19, 2015, Nolan Carroll intercepted a pass and ran it back 17 yards for a score.

• Jenkins also intercepted Manning with 11:57 remaining in the fourth quarter. He is the first Giants opponent with two interceptions in a game since Dec. 15, 2013, when two Seattle Seahawks - Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell – accomplished the feat in MetLife Stadium.

• The Eagles led at the end of the first quarter, 14-3. They were the first team to score 14 first-quarter points vs. the Giants since…the Eagles, who led 14-3 after one quarter in the final game of the 2015 season.

• Philadelphia led at halftime, 21-13. The 21 points were the most allowed by the Giants in a first half this season. Green Bay had the previous high, with 17 on Oct. 9. The last team to score at least 21 first-half points against the Giants was…the Eagles, who led the 2015 season finale after two quarters, 21-20.

• Rookie Paul Perkins had a team-high 68 rushing yards, the second week in a row he established a season-best; he ran for 56 yards last Sunday vs Detroit. Perkins tied his season-high with 15 carries.

• Eli Manning made his 198th consecutive start and played in his 200th game. He is the fourth player in franchise history to play in at least 200 games.

1. Michael Strahan    216
2. Howard Cross    207
3. George Martin    201
4. Eli Manning    200

• Manning threw a Giants-record 63 passes. The former record of 62 was set by Phil Simms at Cincinnati on Oct. 13, 1985 (also a loss). Manning's previous career-high was 54 pass attempts vs. San Francisco on Oct. 11, 2015. His previous high this season was 45 passes at Minnesota on Oct. 3.

• The Giants' alltime record when they throw 50 or more passes is 2-23, including 2-21 when one quarterback throws all of the passes.

• Manning completed 38 passes, the second-highest total of his career. He completed 41 passes in the victory against San Francisco last season. His previous high this season was 32 completions vs. New Orleans on Sept. 18.

• Manning threw for 356 yards, his highest total since he passed for 403 yards vs. Baltimore on Oct. 16, and his third-highest total of the season. It was his fourth 300-yard game of the season – and first since the Ravens game. The Giants are 2-2 this season and 19-24 in the regular season when he throws for at least 300 yards.

• Manning threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to rookie Sterling Shepard in the second quarter, his 26th scoring pass of the season.

• Manning threw three interceptions – Terrence Brooks got the third pick with five seconds remaining in the game – his first three-interception game since Dec. 27, 2015 in Minnesota.

• Wide receivers Odell Beckham, Jr. (11), Victor Cruz (8) and Shepard (7) combined for 26 receptions, easily the highest total of the season for the Giants' three leading wideouts. Their previous high was 20 catches against New Orleans on Sept. 18.

• Beckham and Cruz had season-high receptions totals. Beckham twice had 10 catches (vs. Cincinnati on Nov. 21 and at Pittsburgh on Dec. 4), and Cruz' previous best was five receptions at Minnesota and at the Rams in London. It was Beckham's seventh career double-digit catch game.

• Cruz caught more than one pass for the first time since Oct. 23, when he had five catches for 55 yards in the victory against the Rams. Cruz had not caught more than one pass in any of the six previous games in which he played.

• Beckham's 150 yards is his second-highest total of the season; he gained 222 yards vs. Baltimore on Oct. 16. It was his fourth 100-yard game of the season and the 19th of his career. That broke a tie with Cruz and moved Beckham into sole possession of second place on the Giants' career list. Amani Toomer is first with 22. The Giants are 7-12 when Beckham has at least 100 receiving yards.

• Cruz's 84 yards were his second-highest total of the season; he had 91 receiving yards vs New Orleans on Sept 18.

• Shepard's seven receptions were his second-highest total of the season (he had eight vs. the Saints) and his 61 yards were his third-highest total of the season (117 vs. New Orleans, 73 vs. Washington).

• Shepard's touchdown was his eighth of the season, which ties him with Ken McAfee (1954) for the third-highest total among rookies in Giants history.

Most Touchdown Receptions / Giants Rookie
Player, Year    Touchdowns
Odell Beckham Jr., 2014    12
Bill Swiacki, 1948    10
Ken MacAfee, 1954    8
Sterling Shepard, 2016    8
Bobby Johnson, 1984    7
Hakeem Nicks, 2009    6

• Rookie Carson Wentz played quarterback for the Eagles. Manning is 10-5 against rookie quarterbacks, including 3-1 this season (2-0 vs. Dak Prescott, 1-1 vs. Wentz).

• Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who started for the injured and inactive Janoris Jenkins, intercepted a Wentz pass on the first play of the second quarter. It was DRC's fourth pick of the year, which places him second on the team, one behind Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins. The four picks are Rodgers-Cromartie's highest total since he had a career-high six as a second-year pro for the Arizona Cardinals in 2009. DRC had two and then three interceptions in his first two seasons with the Giants.

• Collins led the Giants with nine tackles, all solo.

• Neither team had a sack. It was the fourth time this season Manning was not sacked, and the fourth time their defense did not record a sack (and first since the loss in Green Bay on Oct. 9).

• Robbie Gould kicked field goals of 35, 35, 41 and 29 yards. It was the first four field goal-game by a Giants kicker since Nov. 8, 2015, when Josh Brown kicked four at Tampa Bay,

• The Giants' game captains were Beckham, Justin Pugh and Olivier Vernon.

• The Giants' inactive players were Jenkins, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, offensive lineman Will Beatty, wide receiver Tavarres King, safety Nat Berhe, running back George Winn, and defensive end Ishaq Williams.

Jenkins, who was named a Pro Bowler for the first time on Tuesday, was sidelined because of the back injury he suffered last Sunday vs. Detroit. He ran some pregame individual drills in front of Ben McAdoo, Jerry Reese, secondary/cornerbacks coach Tim Walton, and strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman before the decision was made to keep him out of uniform.

Rodgers-Cromartie started in his place, and Trevin Wade took over for DRC as the nickel corner. Wade had three solo tackles, and a big pass breakup.

• Eagles coach Doug Pederson won two replay challenges in the fourth quarter, the first two successes by an opposing coach this season.

With 8:58 remaining, Wentz threw to the right sideline on a third-and-eight to Nelson Agholor, who was ruled out of bounds. Pederson challenged the call, believing it was a catch. After review, referee Clete Blakeman reversed the call for a 7-yard gain. That made it fourth-and-one, and Caleb Sturgis came on to kick a 41-yard field goal.

• At the two-minute mark, Beckham caught what was originally ruled a 4-yard pass and a first down. Pederson challenged, claiming Beckham came up short of the first down marker. After review, Blakeman reversed the call, setting up a fourth-and-one at the Eagles' 32-yard line. After a false start penalty on John Jerry, Manning's pass or Shepard was knocked away by Carroll.

Opposing coaches are 2-3 on replay challenges this season.

• The Giants wore all-white "color rush" uniforms, which represented the road uniforms they wore in the 1980s and 90s. The ny on their helmets was replaced by a GIANTS decal, which the team wore from 1976-99.

View photos from the sidelines as the Giants face the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field

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